Over 10,000 medical workers from Cedars-Sinai, USC Keck and other regional hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis need additional personal personal protective equipment for the oncoming surge these next two weeks. $5 in raw materials gives one doctor or nurse the protection they need.
The need is clear: medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis are lacking crucial equipment to handle the battle ahead.
Disposible masks are being reused, respirators and ventilators are in short supply, and hospitals are being forced to make tough calls about who they can treat and who they'll have to turn away.
We're at just the beginning of one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced.
Meanwhile, the majority of us are being asked to remain at home and wait with the knowledge that social distancing will change the trajectory of the virus. However, while doing our part by staying at home, there’s more we can do to address the immediate needs of our most vulnerable frontline medical workers consistently putting themselves in harm's way.
We're mobilzing a collective effort of technologists and artists, hobbyists and aerospace engineers, science teachers and scientists, to join forces to respond to COVID-19.
In just the two weeks since we've organized our group of over a hundred people, we've made a significant show of force around our capacity to build a distributed network of 3D printers across Los Angeles and manufacture over a thousand units of approved personal protection equipment designs that were requested and put into use by clincians at local hospitals including Cedars-Sinai and USC Keck.
We have the tools, the know-how, and the ability to rapidly respond to the challenges that are yet to come. But we need your help.
Are you a maker who wants to bring your skills to the cause, a medical professional in need of support, or a community member who wants to make a difference? Join our fight by donating your time, materials, or funding to help equip medical professionals across Los Angeles. Share this campaign and help spread the the word.
Fully equipping a single frontline medical professional with the protection they need only costs about five dollars in raw materials, but there are tens of thousands of medical professionals in LA alone.
By helping save their lives, we can help them save us all.
WHO WE ARE:
Collaborative Research Association of Social Hacktivity (CRASH Space), is Los Angeles's oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit hackerspace, We are a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, and artists.
We promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) by teaching classes, participating in events, providing on-line resources, and by running a shared workshop. Our members use the space to work on their projects, share ideas, and help each other create whatever they envision.
CRASH Space is located at:
10526 Venice Blvd,
Culver City CA 90232
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Keck Medicine of USC are our design evaluation partners. Our effort has become a nexus of information sharing between frontline clinicians at both hospitals and allowed the ability to build mutual consensus on which designs are most effective.
USC School of Architecture and Sunweaver Creative have provided design and fabrication support, helping the effort better prepare for a push into scalable manufacturing techniques.
Covenant Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles is giving us access to a 5400 square foot hall to centralize our production, collection, assembly, and distribution.
Monoprice has graciously donated fifteen 3D printers to our efforts, which will enable us to spin up a print farm and amplify production.
MatterHackers is connecting us to their existing rapid response network, offering discounts on materials, and bringing more 3D printers into our community.
1. Mobilize our network of makers and fabricators across the region to ready them for rapid response manufacturing.
2. Partner with leading local hospitals to validate and test designs. Quickly prototype new requests and get them to clinical partners for testing.
3. Activate our distributed manufacturing network to collectively produce a select number of approved designs.
4. Collect and distribute requested equipment to the hospitals and medical organizations most in need.
HOW YOUR SUPPORT MAKES IMPACT:
Funds will be used to cover material costs and operational overhead as we mass produce, package, and distribute clinician evaluated and approved personal protective equipment (PPE).
1 unit of PPE (Reusable Mask + Face Shield) = about $5 in raw materials.
We already have outstanding requests for 10,000 units of PPE from hospitals in our network.
Any remaining funds will support area 501(c)(3) non-profits working on COVID-19 relief and STEAM education.